Typical Day at Mi Casita
Students begin to arrive at 7:30 AM and enjoy supervised free play and gym time.
Every morning all classes begin the school day with circle time. The students engage in song, dance, and conversation, which sets the tone for the day. Each classroom has a designated area and wall dedicated to “calendar math,” which includes various tasks incorporating dates, number of days in school, days of the week and much more. The students are assigned a helper role for the day!
Literary centers rotate on a daily basis to incorporate writing, math, reading, social studies, or science. Using art, experiments, blocks, and various play activities students practice skills and have fun at the same time.
Students are provided with morning snack. The snacks include: fresh fruit, squeeze fruit and vegetable pouches, graham crackers, pretzels, gold fish etc.
Shared/ Interactive Reading
Shared and interactive readings allow the students to actively participate in making literature come alive. Together, the class explores and answers questions about the book. The older students learn about authors, illustrators, and how to navigate a book. Younger students began to orient books properly, turn the pages, and appreciate the images.
Each month Mi Casita students explore a new project theme, which culminates with a presentation to a specific audience. During project time, students research, create art, read books about, and discuss ways to answer an underlying theme question. All project activities are created to match the students age specific abilities.
Project based learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Through sparking curiosity and questions, students begin to create rich meaning with work and play.
Centers (Free Play)
Students have free time to play at various centers throughout the room. All classrooms have a home living area equipped with a kitchen and crib or play house. The students can also choose to play with the water tables, blocks, trains, puzzles, Play Doh, dress up and much more.
As long as the weather cooperates, the students venture out. Whether it be a trip to the playground, adventure in the garden, or just a walk around the block, they love to explore the outdoors. Mi Casita has a garden plot located at the fenced-in Spring Garden. The children learn firsthand about growing vegetables and caring for crops.
The gym is equipped with floor mats, balance beam, sliding board, and various equipment to promote gross motor development. Gym class includes a quick warm up, obstacles courses, tumbling practice, parachute games, dance activities and tons of free play and active movement.
All students eat lunch at Mi Casita. Half day students are picked up by 12:30. Full day students take a nap or have quiet time after lunch.
After Care & Afternoon Snack
After school care is from 3:30-6:00 PM. The students who stay are able to participate in afterschool programs 3 days a week, which include: music class with Mr. John, yoga, and Soccer Shots. All after school activities incorporate the Spanish language in one way or another.
Mr. John is our magical music man! The students are captivated by his innovative ways to teach music. He always comes with a featured instrument and unexpected guests (puppets, mini hand monsters, and treasure chests full of animals). Every class begins with warm welcome and ends with chasing bubbles, while listening to Mr. John sing!
Bilingual yoga after school allows the students to stretch out, reflect on the day, and practice poses. Classes end with a lights out Savasana pose and a collective Namaste.
You will hear students scream ¡gooool! if you happen to enter Mi Casita on a Soccer Shots afternoon. This renowned program offers fun, structured soccer training. The coach emphasizes soccer skill development and teamwork. All students are so proud to score a goal at the end of the day.
Learning doesn’t stop when school is over. Mi Casita values creating social events for the entire family to enjoy. Whether a potluck lunch or music in the garden or Sister Cities Park, Mi Casita familias get together monthly to learn together in the community.